The Tallboy cuts a whole new swath across the trail bike landscape.
The Santa Cruz Tallboy Aluminum D muddles the line between XC and trail with 110mm of rear wheel travel, paired with a 120mm RockShox Recon RL 120 fork. The aluminum frame delivers outstanding stiffness and low weight while keeping the price range accessible to more riders. Fast-rolling WTB ST i25 29er rims are wrapped in front- and rear-specific Maxxis tires selected to maximize speed and control. The Tallboy climbs almost as well as a straight-up cross-country bike, providing 11 wide-ranging gears from SRAM’s NX drivetrain. But it shows its true colors when the trail turns downward, where SRAM Level hydraulic brakes precisely control speed while the brilliantly simple yet effective suspension design keeps you glued to your line without weighing you down. The Tallboy’s short-travel chassis gives it scalpel-like handling while maintaining tremendous trail capability. At first glance, 110mm of travel might seem like it’ll get overwhelmed on technical trails, but 110mm of travel designed and tuned by the experts at Santa Cruz will usher you through some pretty fast, hairy terrain long before waving the white flag, delivering the descending goods for a fraction of the climbing costs.
|Fork||RockShox Recon RL 120|
|Headset||Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset|
|Rear Shock||FOX Float Performance DPS|
Front: 110 x 15mm
Rear: 148 x 12mm
|Rims/Wheels||WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0 29" Rims|
|Hubs||SRAM MTH 716/746|
Front: Maxxis Minion 29x2.3 DHF EXO TR
Rear: Maxxis Crossmark II 29X2.25 DC EXO TR
|Crankset||Race Face Ride - 170mm (XS-S), 175mm (M-XL)|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM NX Long Cage|
|Cassette/Rear Cogs||SRAM PG1130 11-42T|
|Handlebars||Race Face Ride|
|Tape/Grips||Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips|
|Stem||Race Face Ride|
|Brake Levers||SRAM Level|
|Brakes||SRAM Level w/Avid Centerline 180mm rotors|
|Saddle||WTB Silverado Comp|
|Seat Post||Race Face Ride, 31.6 400mm|
* Subject to change without notice.